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The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting Paperback

ISBN-13: 078-5342168914 ISBN-10: 0321168917 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321168917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321168917
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Editors Choice Award 'This is a spectacular work by Cher that will turn your ho-hum computer art into something really special through the use of a digitizing tablet. As much art book as guide, The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting uses traditional drawing and painting theory exercises, coupled with real-life projects, to show readers how they can use Painter and Photoshop with pressure-sensitive tablets to draw and paint with a computer.' --Fred Showker, Design_bookshelf.com

About the Author

An award-winning artist, author and educator based in San Diego, California, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis has always worked with traditional art-making tools. Also a pioneer in digital art, Cher has created illustrations using the Macintosh computer since 1987. She has been widely recognized for her mastery of Painter, Photoshop and the Wacom pressure-sensitive tablet, using these electronic tools since they were first released. Exercising her passion for Painter's artist tools, Cher has worked as a consultant and demo-artist for the developers of Painter. Cher holds a BFA with Highest Honors and Distinction in Art specializing in painting and printmaking. Her artwork has been exhibited worldwide and her articles and art have been published in many books and periodicals. She has taught Painter workshops around the world, and is principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design. Cher is author of all six editions of The Painter Wow! Book. Her most recent books are The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting, and The Corel Painter IX Wow! Book, the latest edition of this highly praised volume of techniques and inspiration. Cher's Web site can be found at www.pendarvis-studios.com.


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Cher Threinen-Pendarvis started with a child's fascination with art, and graduated from college with a BFA with Highest Honors and Distinction in Art, specializing in painting and printmaking. A pioneer of the electronic medium, Cher has worked alongside other notables from the early digital era. Her digital illustrations have been published since 1987. Today Cher works with both traditional media and digital media.

Cher is widely recognized for her mastery of Painter and Photoshop. Her articles and art span more than two decades of influential books and periodicals. Her work has been exhibited in museums and art galleries in the United States and overseas. Cher teaches workshops and specialized training for graphics professionals in print and broadcast media. She is principal of the consulting firm Cher Threinen Design, and is author of The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book and all ten editions of The Painter WOW! Book and co-author of Beyond Digital Photography: Transforming Photos into Fine Art Using Photoshop and Painter.

Customer Reviews

Beginner & intermediate digital artists will find this book to be EXTREMELY useful and inspiring.
Christopher Bailey
The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting is a collector's item-a unique blend of art and computer craft.
Linnea Dayton
At the same time her expertise with Painter and Photoshop enables her to offer tips and techniques useful for the experienced digital painter.
Rheba K. Mitchell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

249 of 251 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Gillespie on December 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
Books on Photoshop and Painter are usually written to teach you to use all of the program's features. Learning to actually draw and paint with a graphics tablet has barely been covered. If you've been a traditional artist for years, you still need basic exercises to learn how to handle the "digital brush." If you're a beginner, you need not only the basics of using a graphics tablet, but an understanding of how art is created. Cher's book provides you with both. Software instruction is kept to the minimum you need to complete the lessons.

Through each lesson, Cher carefully explains how the pen makes different marks depending upon how we hold it, how much pressure we use, and how we modify the "brushes" we use. After a couple of frustrating starts, I found myself fighting the pen less and less, and reading more carefully about tilt, angle, pressure and the speed with which I made my strokes. My traditional `pencil and paper' style needed to change, and the lessons helped me concentrate on making those changes.

Strategies for getting from your first stroke to your last are explained in detail. Media can be mixed in ways that are very difficult, if not impossible, with traditional media, and a good portion of the book discusses your digital options. But this is real drawing and painting, no faking it, and the lessons will take some time to finish. The shortcuts and advantages of digital media aren't ignored. Scanning sketches, tracing, using photographic reference, and even direct cloning are covered thoroughly. Whatever digital tricks you use, though, you'll be the one painting the entire image, stroke by stroke, keeping the painting fresh and original.

There are two features of Cher's book that I found made the book easy to learn from.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Bailey on September 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for anybody interested in digital artwork. Most examples are Cher's real world fine digital art - instead of the more usual simplified ones found in most books. It is obviously that Cher knows her craft. This book not only focuses on the programs themselves (Painter & Photoshop), the hardware options (graphic tablets, tablet PCs, and even pressure sensitive LCD monitors), but also often overlooked areas such as setting up your studio.

This is a book by an artist - it shows - and that's a good thing. Beginner & intermediate digital artists will find this book to be EXTREMELY useful and inspiring. The examples are easy to understand, follow, and are genuinely helpful. "Experts" may find this book's ease of use a bit underwhelming, but don't be fooled, there is some serious Painter & Photoshop power in there. That being said, if you are looking for a hardcore 'tech' book explaining all of the intricacies of these programs then this is likely not the book for you.

This book is much more than a simple 'how to' computer book. Interesting to read, packed with beautiful full color artwork & easy to follow examples showing how they were created.

I have been a professional digital artist for a number of years, and I highly recommend this book to anybody interested in getting started, or advancing their skills, in the world of digital artwork.

I hope you found this review useful. Best of luck with your own digitally created masterpieces!

Christopher Bailey
Digital Artist.
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78 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Linnea Dayton on December 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Sometimes it's hard to write an honest review of a book by a long-time friend. But not this time.

No matter where you are on your way to learning to paint or draw on the computer, this beautiful book offers worlds of insight, training, and support. A scholar of art history and proficient with traditional artists' tools even before she developed her computer expertise, Cher Threinen-Pendarvis is uniquely qualified to teach both art and digital craft. If you're a painter but new to the computer, Cher's experience and strong, concise teaching style will very quickly make you comfortable with the new tools-Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop, and the digital tablet and stylus. On the other hand, if you're experienced with the computer but new to painting, she demystifies the process of "seeing" your subject and translating its form and color into line and brushwork - so that's how they do that! Encouraged by her warmth and clarity, you can relax as you acquire artists' skills and develop your style. And if you're new to both computers and painting, how fortunate! The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting offers you the opportunity to learn from a master of both, before you've developed any bad habits!

The Photoshop and Painter Artist Tablet Book: Creative Techniques in Digital Painting is a collector's item-a unique blend of art and computer craft. It's a book you'll want to open again and again just because the pages are so beautiful. But don't miss a word or an image. Regardless of whether you use Painter or Photoshop or both, you'll want to read all the instructions and sidebars. Having a tablet is important to getting the full benefit of what the author-artist has to offer, but it's a great book even if you don't have a tablet yet.
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